Sleep out under the stars – Worldwide

Sleep out under the stars – Worldwide

Just you, your beloved and a few billion stars... Sometimes crowded is more romantic

There are many ways to spend an astronomical evening. Some are astronomically expensive, but worth it: "The Amangiri Resort (from US$1,000 pn; www.amanresorts.com) at Lake Powell in Utah is known as one of the best places for stargazing in the USA," recommends Jane Anderson, editor of 101honeymoons.co.uk. "Some of the suites have 'Sky Terraces' - three protecting walls with the open sky above and plumped down quilts at the ready."

There's more great stargazing further south in the Americas. Chile's Elqui Valley is scarcely inhabited (so little light pollution) and has a dry, thin atmosphere prone to delivering clear skies. Stay at the remote ElquiDomos (from US$120; www.elquidomos.cl), where seven geodesic dome-rooms with removable roofs nestle amid the desertscape.

Night-sky observation doesn't have to cost the earth. You could roll out a swag in the Australian Outback (perhaps around Uluru or in Western Australia's Kimberley). You could ride out by camel into the Moroccan Sahara (from Merzouga) - low-cost trips generally include a campfire-cooked dinner and a bed of blankets. Or make like Lawrence of Arabia and spend the night in a Bedouin tent in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

For more ideas, check out the International Dark Sky Association (www.darksky.org/IDSPlaces), which designates places with exceptional star-gazing and low light pollution as Dark Sky Preserves; sites range from Nova Scotia's Kejimkujik National Park to Exmoor in Devon.

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